Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results

Updated 10/17/2010
Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Missouri State 1, Central Michigan 0
Kent State 7, Ball State 4
Miami 4, Ohio 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Missouri State 1, Central Michigan 0
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Amanda Miyashita scored her second goal in as many days and the field hockey Bears needed all six of Steph Anderson's saves to grab their first Mid-American Conference win of the season, 1-0 over Central Michigan at Plaster Field.

Miyashita (Richmond, B.C., Canada) scored the game's lone goal in the 19th minute. The senior collected a pass from Casey Bayliss (Jr., Bathurst, NSW, Australia) on the left wing and flicked a shot into the near corner of the cage. Miyashita had been scoreless entering the weekend.

"When somebody works as hard as Amanda does, to be rewarded with two goals back-to-back is big, really big for her," head coach Dawn Callahan said.

Perhaps even more crucial to the Bears (4-11, 1-5) snapping their five-game losing streak was the performance of sophomore goalkeeper Steph Anderson (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Anderson saved all six CMU (4-10, 2-4) shots on goal, including two in the game's final two minutes both coming off penalty corners.  

"That is the Steph that we know," Callahan said. "She is very aggressive back there; she is quick and a very intense individual. She was strong when we needed her to be strong today."

Anderson earned her second shutout of the season and improved her save percentage to .735, now second in the MAC.

The Bears rebounded from their 4-2 loss Saturday against the Chippewas both offensively and defensively. Although they scored only once, MSU had 11 shots on goal, seven coming in the second half. The back line limited CMU to only eight shots after allowing 11 in the loss.

The Bears resume their home stand with a Friday, Oct. 22, matchup against Ball State at 1 p.m. They then host Miami (Ohio) Sunday at 12 p.m.

Kent State 7, Ball State 4
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State field hockey team fell to Mid-American Conference opponent Kent State, 7-4, Sunday afternoon at the BSU Turf Field. The Bobcats outshot the Cardinals, 28-11, and recorded a 15-5 advantage on penalty corners.

"Today was tough," head coach Beth Maddox said. "When we play together we are awesome. Unfortunately, we did not play as a team for the entire 70 minutes today."

Kent State scored two goals within the opening ten minutes of the first period, as Debbie Bell scored on a penalty corner and Rachel Miller netted an unassisted goal less than three minutes later.

Ball State junior forward CJ Hermes (Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy) put the Cardinals on the board at 14:14 mark on a penalty corner, her second goal of the season. Senior forward Maura Sawicki (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx Hall) provided the assist.

It was not until the 44:48 mark in the second period when Kuhn netted the equalizer for the Cardinals on a corner. Junior midfielder Gretchen Lulow (Ballwin, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy) provided the assist.

At 52:40 mark, Carla Johl started a 4-0 run for the Golden Flashes until Kuhn scored her second goal of the game at 66:57 mark from five yards out. Junior forward Brittany Hammer (St. Louis, Mo./St. Joseph's Academy) provided the assist on Kuhn's 15th goal of the season.

Kuhn, a communication studies major, completed the contest with five shots, while Lulow and Sawicki each tallied two. Lulow, an exercise science major, and Sawicki, an elementary education major, also recorded two defensive saves each during the game, while Katie Norris (Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy) finished the day with one. Junior forward Kristen Falk (Pennsburg, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) also finished the contest with one shot.

Ball State junior goalkeeper Chelsea Mitchell (Stevens, Pa./Cocalico) recorded a game-high 10 saves in the cage for a total of 22 saves on the weekend, while Kent State's Caroline Suitch tallied five during 70 minutes of action.

Ball State travels to play Missouri State Friday in Springfield, Mo. at 1 p.m., before returning to the BSU Turf Field Sunday to host Indiana in a contest scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday's game marks the 20th time Ball State and Missouri State have met, as the Cardinals own a 14-5 all-time record against Bears. The contest versus Indiana Sunday marks the 19th meeting between the two teams.

Miami 4, Ohio 0
OXFORD, Ohio - Miami pulled into a tie for first place in the Mid-American Conference Sunday with a resounding 4-0 win over Ohio. The RedHawks improve to 10-6 overall and 5-2 in the MAC. The Bobcats are 9-8 overall and 5-2 in the MAC.

"We played a 70 minute game today and executed our corners," said head coach Jill Reeve. "I was happy because they played tough and consistently hard the entire match."

It did not take long for Miami to get on the board as Mary Hull found Emily Gruesser in the box in the second minute to put the RedHawks up 1-0. In the 27th minute, Christine Brightwell took a shot on the penalty corner from the top of the circle. Gruesser was right in front of the goal to redirect it into the net for her second goal of the game and eighth of the season. Miami took a 2-0 lead into the break despite being outshot, 6-3.

Miami came out on the attack to begin the second half was it was quickly rewarded. After Jackie Nguyen's shot was stopped by the Ohio keeper in the 41st minute, the ball bounced to Gruesser who took a hard shot of her own. Hull tipped that shot into the net to make the score 3-0. The RedHawks completed scoring in the 56th minute when Christine Brightwell put home the rebound of a Kate Snyder shot off a penalty corner.

For the game Miami outshot the Bobcats, 15-9. Nguyen, Gruesser, Brightwell and Hull each had two shots on goal. Sarah Mueller was spectacular in goal, earning her fifth shutout of the season while making five saves.

"Sarah made some absolutely huge saves in the first half," said Reeve.

Miami will have a week off before taking its final road trip of the regular season. The RedHawks will travel to Springfield, Mo. for a 1 p.m. (EDT) game against Missouri State on Sunday, Oct. 24.